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Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015.

Court date set for Finnish MP facing jail after tweeting Bible verse

Sep 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

Päivi Räsänen could be given a two-year prison sentence for the tweet. Read more

Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha in a 2011 photo.

Ex-seminarian's lawsuit resurrects 'orgy' allegation against Omaha archbishop George Lucas

Aug 12, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Archbishop George Lucas' previous diocese denies an orgy took place and stands by the findings of its internal investigation, which... Read more

A September 2015 gathering of the Association of Pittsburgh Priests. Credit: APP via Facebook.

Pittsburgh group calls for same-sex blessings 

Jun 17, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Catholic organization based in Pittsburgh has called on Bishop David Zubik to reject a March note from the Congregation... Read more

An Eden Invitation backpacking trip in Wyoming's Wind River Range, July 2019. Photo courtesy of Eden Invitation.

Eden Invitation offers reflections as an alternative to Pride Month

Jun 2, 2021

By Autumn Jones

The month of June is understood in the secular community as Pride Month. Eden Invitation, a movement for young adult... Read more

Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015.

Finnish MP faces criminal charges after tweeting Bible verse

Apr 30, 2021

Päivi Räsänen said: “I cannot accept that voicing my religious beliefs could mean imprisonment.” Read more

A priest holds palms on Palm Sunday.

Diocese: Priest’s omission of palm blessing in protest over Vatican ruling ‘reprehensible’

Mar 31, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Catholic diocese in Italy has said that a priest’s refusal to bless palms on Sunday because of the Vatican’s... Read more

Then-Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, now prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks at the Holy See press office, Sept. 8, 2015.

More than 200 German-speaking theology professors criticize Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings

Mar 22, 2021

More than 200 theology professors in the German-speaking world have signed a statement criticizing the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for... Read more

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.

Cardinal Farrell: Blessings are for marriage, but Church’s pastoral life is for all

Mar 18, 2021

The Church’s pastoral life is open to all people, but blessings are reserved for couples who are married according to... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing at the German bishops’ spring meeting in February 2021. Credit: Sascha Steinbach/epa pool.

‘There are no easy answers’: Head of German Catholic bishops responds to Vatican’s ‘no’ on same-sex blessings

Mar 15, 2021

A leading German Catholic bishop has responded to the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for same-sex couples by saying that there... Read more

The then Archbishop Luis Ladaria at the Vatican Press Office Sept. 8, 2015.

Full text: Vatican’s doctrinal office response and note on the blessing of same-sex unions

Mar 15, 2021

Here is the full text of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s response to a question on... Read more

Vatican’s doctrinal office: Catholic Church cannot give blessings to same-sex unions

Mar 15, 2021

The Vatican’s doctrinal office on Monday clarified that the Catholic Church does not have the power to give liturgical blessings... Read more

Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz. Credit: Bistum Mainz.

German Catholic bishops call for change to Catechism on homosexuality

Feb 23, 2021

A German Catholic bishop has publicly defended his support for a book of blessings and rites for homosexual unions.  Read more

President Donald Trump. CNA file photo.

Catholic Trump supporters respond to Log Cabin GOP endorsement

Aug 24, 2020

By Matt Hadro

After President Trump welcomed an endorsement as “the most pro-gay president in American history,” some of the president’s Catholic supporters... Read more

The cofounders of Eden Invitation, Shannon Ochoa (left) and Anna Carter (right).

Eden Invitation: A Catholic ministry ‘beyond the LGBT paradigm’

Aug 16, 2020

By Mary Farrow

Shannon Ochoa remembers recognizing that she was attracted to women from a pretty young age.  Read more

Filipino Catholic college defends stance against homosexual acts

Aug 11, 2020

The college maintains that in alignment with Catholic teaching, no sexual orientation is prohibited, but certain sexual acts are.  Read more

Archbishop Franz Lackner.

Austrian bishop says he launched study, but not book, on Catholic blessings for same-sex couples

Jun 22, 2020

By JD Flynn

The newly elected president of the Austrian bishops’ conference has sought to clarify his role in the publication of a... Read more

In Italy, new book suggests changes to Catholic doctrine on homosexuality

Jun 12, 2020

A book published by an employee of the Italian bishops’ conference, which claims to be inspired by Pope Francis' Amoris... Read more

Fr. Philip Bochanski, executive director of Courage International. Courtesy of Carmel Communications.

Courage director responds to Austrian book on same-sex Church blessings

Jun 1, 2020

Courage director responds to Austrian book on same-sex Church blessings  Read more

Book calling for Catholic blessing of homosexual couples was requested by Austrian bishops' conference

May 26, 2020

A book considering how homosexual couples might receive a formal, liturgical blessing of their union in the Catholic Church was... Read more

Fr. James Martin, SJ.

After Archbishop Chaput warning, bishops weigh in on Fr. James Martin

Sep 20, 2019

By CNA Staff

After the Archbishop of Philadelphia urged caution regarding the message Fr. James Martin, SJ, other bishops have weighed in on... Read more